Data Sources on Early Childhood Services: National
U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder
The Census Bureau’s Web site is a rich source of easy-to-access statistics on a wide range of demographics and community information. The American FactFinder provides detailed data from the Decennial Census, American Community Survey, and other Census programs; allows searching by topic, by geography, and by race and ethnic groups; and offers Quick Facts by state, county, or city.
Child Trends Databank
A source for the latest national trends and research on 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being, with new indicators added each month. Early childhood indicators include Individualized Education Plans, Repeating a Grade, Head Start, and Teen Births.
Kids Count Data Center
The Kids Count database contains state-level data for over 100 measures of child well-being, including the measures used in the “KIDS COUNT Data Book” and “ The Right Start for America's Newborns.” This online database allows you to generate custom reports for a geographic area (Profiles) or to compare geographic areas on a topic (Ranking, Maps, and Line Graphs).
NIEER’s The State of Preschool: 2011 State Profiles
A profile of state-funded prekindergarten programs in the United States.
Contains reports on what states are doing (pulled from its database of news items on state activities), as well as links to selected research and readings and to other Web sites. Preschool data appears to be taken primarily from NIEER's The State of Preschool annual report.
NCCP State Profiles and Young Child Risk Calculator
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) provides data on demographics, early childhood (health, care and education, parenting and economic supports), adolescence, and family economic security.
This provides searching for data by state, age range, income level, and several selected risk factors for young children.
NCSL Early Care and Education Legislation Database
This database of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) tracks state legislation related to child care and child care financing, early childhood services, prekindergarten, professional development, home visiting, infants and toddlers, and financing early education.
CSSP POLICY for RESULTS.org
This database from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) provides some data on child health, reading levels, and family environment.